Check A Bike Freewheel

Introduction

A freewheel is a ratchet mechanism mounted on the rear hub which allows the chain to drive the wheel forwards via a cog but when the wheels move faster than the chain the cog is not driven round by the wheel. A freewheel allows a rider to rest their legs while the bike is moving forward.

Step 1

<h3>Step 1</h3><p>Lift the rear wheel of the ground and kick the pedals to start it turning.
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Engage the bike freewheel

Lift the rear wheel of the ground and kick the pedals to start it turning.

Step 2

<h3>Step 2</h3><p>The rear wheel should spin while the cranks stop turning. If the rear wheel pushes the cranks around there may be a problem with the bike freewheel.
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Watch

The rear wheel should spin while the cranks stop turning. If the rear wheel pushes the cranks around there may be a problem with the bike freewheel.

Step 3

<h3>Step 3</h3><p>The bike freewheel should make a regular metallic clicking sound when the wheel runs and the pedals are still. Changes in the sound of a bike freewheel may be a sign that it’s wearing out.
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Listen

The bike freewheel should make a regular metallic clicking sound when the wheel runs and the pedals are still. Changes in the sound of a bike freewheel may be a sign that it’s wearing out.